Category Archives: Homelessness

Is the mayor’s plan for ending homelessness wrong?

Ed Murray wants to spend tens of millions more on rapid rehousing, but a new study shows it doesn’t work 60 percent of the time What is the highlight of Mayor Ed Murray’s latest plan to solve Seattle’s homelessness crisis? … Continue reading

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Councilmember Rob Johnson is misleading the public about upzones

Northeast Seattle’s city councilmember twists truth to support irresponsible policies by Alex Pedersen Do you recognize this bulldozer? It’s hard to tell because there are so many rumbling in Northeast Seattle these days. (It’s the one on NE 50th and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Protest, University District, Upzoning

Scapegoating the homeless: when concerns about crime tip towards exclusion and prejudice

Last year we wrote about the Neighborhood Safety Alliance, a group of largely white north-end homeowners formed for the single purpose of getting police to immediately remove the homeless, drug dealers and criminals from their neighborhoods. Despite the differences between … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Politics

Growing Pains

Advocates for livable cities debate growth management Seattle’s record-shattering growth has just put up staggering numbers again. On Jan. 20, the city’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) reported that in 2016 7,093 new housing units came onto the … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, George Howland articles, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, University District, Upzoning

Speak Out Seattle Yells

New coalition opposes homeless camping and drug-consumption sites, and wants 500 new cops Speak Out Seattle (SOS), a new coalition of Seattle “residents, business owners and community groups,” has formed to fight legalizing homeless camping and drug-consumption sites. The coalition … Continue reading

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Thankful for Seattle City Hall

Mayor Murray resists Trump; Sawant leads protest; city council defies Murray Over the last two weeks, I’ve been proud of Seattle City Hall. First, Mayor Ed Murray and city councilmembers declared they would fight the Trump administration. Next, Councilmember Kshama … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Budget, City Hall, George Howland articles, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Politics

The right to be heard

Why is city government fighting against renters’ access to justice? Seattle City Council meet Michelle Kinnucan. Kinnucan, a veteran who is also low-income and disabled, is leading a court fight for a fundamental right for Seattle’s poor tenants: a hearing … Continue reading

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